Essay heading: A Summary Of Descartes' Second Meditation

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The same applies to sensory perception, nutrition and movement, as these all require a body. He cannot separate thinking from the ‘I’. He concludes that he can define the ‘I’ as a mind, or intelligence, or intellect, or reason. He cannot use imagination to determine the nature of ‘I’ as using the imagination to determine the nature of things is akin to being awake and seeing the world but having unclear vision and so falling back asleep and believing that simply because vision is clearer in dreams that that is a more true version of reality...
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What is that? A thing that doubts, understands, affirms, denies, is wiling, is unwilling and also imagines and has sensory perceptions” All of the attributes stated above all belong to the ‘I’. It is self-evident that thinking, doubting, willing and understanding do. Imagination does too, as even though the things that are imagined are not real, the power of imagination is real and exists as part of thinking...
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